The Forty-five Degree Catch

The traditional door catch is still being used in many countries. Although simple to use, the design has two major flaws. Because of its orientation, the catch tends to get in the way and hurt people and as a result, it bends and gets deformed. The simple solution is to change the vertical hinge to a 45° angle. This ways the moving latch hangs down flush with the door (thanks to gravity) and doesn’t come in the way. And like the design team puts it, “Safety is ensured and the lifespan of the latch is extended.”

45° Door Catch is a 2012 red dot award: design concept winner.

Designers: Liu Xiangyu, Prof. He Xiaoyou, Ma Xiaodong, Geng Tao, Tang Xiaobo, Yu Lu, Zhang Ye, He Fang, Han Ya & Tang Hui

Inspiring Rustic Hotel Lugar do Cotariño

In the greenest region of Galicia, Spain, in a small village, lost somewhere in Costa Da Morte, lies an enchanting traditional hotel, called Lugar do Cotariño.

The historical building has been restored by the two owners, Alberto Cuervo and Julia Flores, after they fell in love with the place and decided to create a perfect spot for relaxation, emphasizing the importance of it.

More like a house than a hotel, the spot is ideal for those who feel overwhelmed by the daily routine.

Away from the exhausting lifestyle and embracing the beauty of simplicity, the owners imagined a hotel that respects the traditional lines of the area, without trying to cut off the village’s architectural harmony.
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Adobe Creative Suite Toolbar Shortcut Wallpapers

Those images are awesome, especially if you use those Adobe products every day.

I believe it’s a good idea if you print them out and stick them on your wall.
This way you can always see them when you need to know a shortcut.

Photoshop:

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Kent Larson talking about responsive cities

For the first time in history more people live in cities than in rural areas and the trend is accelerating worldwide. In this TEDPrize City 2.0 talk Kent Larson, director of the MIT Media Lab Changing Places group, tackles the problems of increased congestion and pollution with new models for urban dwellings, shared-use vehicles, and responsive environments.
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Cutting Board Drawer

The coolest idea for a cutting board for your kitchen.

When I was thinking about the layout of my kitchen, I wanted to try and incorporate as many features as I could that would make the most out of my space. (I like everything to be tucked away).

Magazines and kitchen design books were a really great way to get good ideas. I especially liked the idea of having a chopping block that sits over the garbage, so I can just scrape the unwanted scraps right in.


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